SCD Recipe: Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake

SCD Recipe: Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake

What is a yogurt cake?

This cake is so simple I couldn’t hardly believe it. It’s really more of a custard than a cake, but because it somewhat resembles a cheesecake, it’s called Yogurt Cake. I’ve seen some different variations on YouTube, but they all used corn starch, which not a Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ food.

I decided to try it without corn starch and I’m so happy I did. This cake firmed up just fine and is so creamy and delicious. The best thing about it is that it only takes a few ingredients and steps to make.

This shouldn’t be confused with cakes made from flour that have some yogurt in them. This cake is all yogurt.

Does baking the yogurt kill the probiotics?

Yes, heating yogurt will kill the probiotics. That’s okay! I eat regular yogurt all the time so using it for cooking from time to time is fine with me. You just wouldn’t want to cook all of your yogurt if you need it for a source of probiotics.


What do I need to make a SCD yogurt cake?

You can make this cake in all types of flavors, but I decided to go with a refreshing lemon yogurt cake. I also decided to add a crust, but you can also make it without a crust. In fact, because it is yogurt there will be some extra liquid, which does make the crust a little soggy.

Does the yogurt need to be strained for a yogurt cake?

One of the reasons this cake is so easy is that the yogurt does not need to be strained (aka dripped) for this cake. You can use your yogurt as is. If your yogurt is strained already, that’s fine, but you don’t need to do it.

What is the best baking pan to use?

For this recipe I used a 7″ springform pan. I think springform is the easiest to use because the cake is a bit delicate so it’s easier to remove the ring from around the cake rather than remove the cake from the pan, but if you have a regular pan properly lined with parchment paper that could be lifted out, that would work as well.

You will still need to line your springform pan with parchment paper. You can use a deeper pan, like a small loaf pan, but you will need to increase the baking time by 15 – 25 minutes.


Yogurt Cake Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt (homemade SCD yogurt for Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • Honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit for topping (optional)

For crust if using:

  • Almond Flour
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla

Equipment for SCD Yogurt Cake

  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • Springform Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking sheet
SCD Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake with Fruit

SCD Recipe: Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: SCD
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, specific carbohydrate diet, sugar free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 slices


Crust (crust is optional)

Lemon Yogurt Cake

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • Fresh fruit for topping (optional)



  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Add all crust ingredients to mixing bowl
    Lemon Cake Crust Ingredients
  • Mix until just crumbly
    SCD Lemon Yogurt Cake Crumble
  • Line 7" Springform form with parchment paper and lightly grease sides with coconut oil
  • Press mixture into bottom of pan
    Uncooked crust in Springform Pan
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden
    Cooked crust in pan

Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake Filling

  • Whisk eggs in small bowl and set aside
  • Add yogurt to mixing bowl
    SCD Yogurt
  • Whisk until smooth
    Whisked SCD Yogurt
  • Add honey and vanilla
    Whisked yogurt with honey
  • Whisk until smooth
    Whisked honey yogurt
  • Add lemon juice and whisked eggs
    Eggs and Lemon Juice for yogurt cake
  • Whisk until smooth
    Uncooked lemon yogurt cake filling
  • Pour mixture into cooked crust
    Uncooked lemon yogurt cake fin pan
  • Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until just set
    Baked SCD lemon yogurt cake
  • Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • Carefully remove springform pan ring
  • Lift parchment paper to place on serving plate and carefully slide the parchment paper out
  • Top with fresh fruit if desired
    Topped lemon yogurt cake


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